Cornel Lucas, Photographer Whose Portraits Defined Film Stars, Dies at 92

Cornel Lucas, a British portrait photographer who created defining images of Brigitte Bardot, Katharine Hepburn, Gregory Peck and a host of other celebrities during the 1950s and ’60s, when publicity photos were the lifeblood of the star-making process, died on Nov. 8 in London. He was 92.

Considered a master of lighting and the 10 by 12 plate camera, Mr. Lucas also took publicity photos of David Niven, Stewart Granger, Joan Collins, Leslie Caron, Dirk Bogarde, Cyd Charisse and Lauren Bacall.

He photographed Ms. Bacall in 1958, shortly after her husband, Humphrey Bogart, had died. She gave Mr. Lucas her trademark look for the portrait — “that eyes-lowered pose she would do in photographs and films,” he said — though in Mr. Lucas’s picture there are emotional shades of darkness in her gaze rarely captured in her films.


Kodak may exit bankruptcy and continue as a commercial printing company

Kodak film is dead Kodak may exit bankruptcy and continue as a commercial printing company

Bloomberg reports that Eastman Kodak have arranged $793 million in financing in order to exit from bankruptcy and continue as a commercial printing company. One of the condition for the funding is the sell of Kodak’s patents for $500 million.


Here is the press release:

Kodak Agrees to $793 Million in Interim and Exit Financing
Agreement with Centerbridge, GSO, UBS and JPMorgan Sets Kodak’s Path to Emergence from Chapter 11 in the First Half of 2013

ROCHESTER, N.Y., November 12 – Eastman Kodak Company announced today that it has entered into a commitment letter to secure $793 million in Junior Debtor-in-Possession Financing with Centerbridge Partners, L.P., GSO Capital Partners LP, UBS and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to provide the company with additional case financing and establishes the ability to convert a substantial part of the facility into exit financing, enhancing its liquidity and securing a major component of the company’s exit capital structure. This financing is a key element in the steps to enable the company to successfully execute its remaining reorganization objectives and emerge from Chapter 11 in the first half of 2013.


Team Etsy Malaysia Handmade Market


If you have been following our progress, we joined Etsy, the online hand made arts & crafts site, last year and subsequently joined the Team Etsy Malaysia as well. Thanks to some hardworking members, we now have a Team Etsy Malaysia market which features some of the local Etsy shops in Malaysia and we have been picked to participate!

We will be selling all things film photography like darkroom prints, alternative photography prints, various films and film photography equipment.

So come by this December 15th, 11am -7pm at Hello Deer, Damansara Uptown and check out the stuff we have to offer!


Kodak reports loss of $312 million

It seems like Kodak is having a hard time figuring out how to getting its finances back in the black. Kodak has announced its 3rd quarter financial results, and the numbers aren’t pretty — they’re downright ugly, actually. Despite raking in $1 billion over the three-month period ending in September (down 19% from the same period last year), the company still posted a net loss of $312 million (up from a loss of $222M during the same period last year).

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The company is currently trying hard to shed weight in its attempt to climb out of bankruptcy, selling off many of its longtime businesses (e.g. camerasfilmonline printing) in order to emerge at the end as a commercial printing company.

To put the 3-month loss of $312M in perspective: when Kodak sold its Gallery business and its 75M users to Shutterfly earlier this year, the price was only $23.8 million. The company burned through the money it made through that deal in less than a week.


Increased sales – Ilford’s belief in print pays off

Harman, the manufacturers of the Ilford brand of black and white photographic products, has reported a growth in its revenue and profits after the company kept focusing on its print and paper productions.

Sales are said to have increased from £22.6m to £23.6m in the last year, with operating profits up to £2.2m from £1.9m the previous year, says the company.

Despite a global decline in demand for monochrome film and paper, Harman explained it had seen growth in its Ilford black and white division. Growth is mainly said to be driven by demand from North America, which accounts for over 40 per cent of export sales.


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Nikon Photo Contest no longer accepts photos shot using film cameras

Another sign of the times (and bad news for film-photography enthusiasts): one of the most prestigious photo competitions in the world no longer accepts film photographs. Earlier this week Nikon published a “call for entries” for its 34th Nikon Photo Contest. Here’s what the entry guidelines say about “Eligible Works”:

Image data files created with digital cameras (including medium- and large-format cameras). Images that have been retouched using software or by other means will be accepted. Both color and monochrome images will be accepted. (Scans of photographs taken with film cameras are not eligible.)

The contest has been held since 1969 to “provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike.”

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A film photography mobile app from Kodak

Kodak’s bankruptcy filing earlier this year was certainly a shame, but it was no surprise.

The former photographic powerhouse famously ignored the digital revolution, and was subsequently forced to ditch its own efforts to gain traction in the digital camera market.

Now, however, Kodak is back with a bang…sort of, with the launch of a new mobile app aimed at those with a penchant for good old-fashioned film-based photography.

The Eastman Kodak Company (Kodak, to you and me) has rolled out its Kodak Professional Film app for iOS devices, bringing together the answers to some of its most commonly-asked questions about Kodak film. What are these? Well, ‘Where can I buy it?’ is one of them, while ‘How should I shoot it?’ and ‘Who can develop it?’ also get a look-in.

“We wanted to give photographers of all levels a resource, literally right at their fingertips, that helps them find film and recommendations about how to maximize each film’s performance,” explains Dennis Olbrich, General Manager, Film, Paper & Output Systems and Vice President, Consumer Business, at Kodak. “In addition, this app also provides information where customers can find film development services, so that no matter where photographers are, they can find a lab that uses Kodak chemicals and paper to bring their photography to life.”

It asks you key questions such as what type of film you’re looking for, while offering advice on what kind of film to use, if you don’t know.

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Kodak discontinues T-Max P3200 black & white film

Kodak has quietly announced the discontinuation of its Professional T-Max P3200 black-and-white film, citing low demand.

“Due to low sales volumes, Kodak is ending production of Kodak Professional T-Max P3200 Film,” reads a statement published on Kodak’s website. “The demand for ultra high-speed black-and-white film has declined significantly, and it is no longer practical to coat such a small volume of product.”




The T-Max P3200 is the latest Kodak film to bite the dust following the discontinuation of the Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100G, Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100VS Film and Kodak Professional Elite Chrome Extra Color 100 films, as well as Kodachrome in 2010.

With the discontinuation of the T-Max P3200, Kodak now suggests photographers turn to its T-Max 400 film, dubbed TMY-2. “The latitude of TMY-2 allows it to handle one stop of underexposure (EI 800) without being pushed,” claims Kodak. “In low light situations, TMY-2 delivers very good results when exposed at EI 1600 with increased development time.”

It adds: “Even though P3200 is approximately two stops faster than TMY-2 at comparable contrast levels, that extra speed comes with a significant grain penalty. In fact, for most applications TMY-2 is actually the better film choice. The exception would be extremely low light situations where P3200 might be able to pull out some shadow detail that would otherwise be lost with TMY-2.”

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Lomography Belair X 6-12

Just because a camera has bellows doesn’t mean it’s vintage. Just announced today, the new Lomography Belair X 6-12 has bellows as well. It’s a portable medium-format camera that shoots auto-exposed photographs on 6×12 film — the world’s first camera to do so.

Lomography Belair X 6 12 is a Medium Format Camera with AE and Bellows bellows

Using 120 film, the Belair can expose in three different aspect ratios: standard 6×9, square 6×6, and panoramic 6×12. It comes with an interchangeable lens system that has two lenses in the lineup: a 90mm normal lens and a 58mm wide-angle.

Features include zone focusing, support for films with ISO from 50 to 1600, a standard hot-shoe mount, a max shutter speed of 1/125s, Bulb mode, and double exposure shooting.

The camera’s bellows system allows it to take on a compact form factor when it’s not being used.